Scientific Name
Antennarius hispidus  
Antennarius hispidus毛躄魚
by: ©Randall, John E.
Author (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) Depth 1 - 90M
Chinese 毛躄魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 躄魚科 Economic Fish No 
Family F228 Antennariidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 毛躄魚 
Max Length 20 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 五腳虎 
Distribution in World India Ocean to West Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan South、South West、North East 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Coromandel coast, India [eastern Indian Ocean] 
Synonyms Chironectes hispidus, Lophius hispidus   
Reference Pietsch, T.W. and D.B. Grobecker, 1987. Frogfishes of the world. Systematics, zoogeography, and behavioral ecology. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California. 420 p.   Pietsch, T. W. etc. 1987 
Specimen List ASIZP0062160. CAS54826. NTMP1048. NTMP1407. ZMH20948. ZMH20949.  
Common Name Fishing frog; Shaggy angler; Hispid frogfish; Zebra frogfish; Shaggy anglerfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Dorsal rays 12; anal rays 7; pectoral rays 11. Body deep, globose, slightly compressed; mouth oblique to vertical; gill open small, behind and below pectoral-fin base; skin cover with close-set dermal spinules; illicium slightly short than A. striatus; it also differs from the A. striatus in having the esca oval-shaped, bearing with numerous pigmented filaments; anterior end of pterygiophore of illicium entending anteriorly beyond symohysis of upper jaw, slightly overhanging the mouth; body, and fins usually completely covered with darkly streaks on yellowish background; all caudal fin rays bifurcate.
habitats It inhabits shallow marine bottom at rocky and coral reefs, maybe go deeper. Always mimics surrounding sponges and coral reef. Using the stalked pectoral and pelvic fins to slowly walk across the bottom. First dorsal spine highly modified into a long rod  
Distribution Widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific ocean. It occurs around Taiwan, but not as common as A. striatus
Utility No commercial value.